Faculty Groups

Faculty Groups


These faculty-driven initiatives identify a need and develop resources for mutual support. If you’d like to form a group, please contact facultydiversity@umass.edu with a brief description.

Beyond Survival Book CoverTransformative Justice Reading Group and Learning Community 

This reading group is hosted by the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) and focuses on how to implement transformative justice into our daily lives. This is a year-long guided reading and discussion of the book, "Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement," edited by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Groups are open to all members of the UMass community, including students, staff, and faculty. TJC reading groups will begin in early November with a community-wide launch event and then first meetings of smaller reading groups. The groups will continue reading and discussing the book into the spring semester. Additional events and workshops will also be offered. Click here to join a reading group.

The Blacklist: A Women, Trans & Non-Binary Faculty of Color Group

This group brings together self-identified women, trans and non-binary faculty of color in order to facilitate mentoring networks, community building and enhance the capacity of women faculty of color as talented leaders on the UMass Amherst campus and in their fields. Click here to join The Blacklist group.

Trauma and the Scholar 

This informal discussion group focuses on the challenges of teaching and researching the colonial and imperial past and how it affects scholars’ mental and physical well-being. The group meets once a month to share experiences and stories of teaching/researching related topics at UMass and how to cultivate self-care.